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The Best Criminal Minds Episodes

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The Behavioral Analysis Unit investigates deadly crimes in each episode of Criminal Minds. Some great Criminal Minds episodes are about developing profiles of potential perpetrators while other good episodes feature drama within the BAU. A few good episodes of Criminal Minds finds BAU team members being targeted as the victims of crimes.

What are the best episodes of Criminal Minds? “Limelight” from season three is a fan favorite. This episode finds the BAU contending with an FBI Agent with an eye for fame. “Alchemy” is also a compelling episode of the series, Criminal Minds.

“A Higher Power” is another good episode from Criminal Minds as is “Cradle to Grave” in which Mae Whitman and Hallee Hirsh guest star as victims of a twisted kidnaper and killer.

Do you have a favorite episode of Criminal Minds? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked.

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    100 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Nov 25 2009

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 5

    Episode Number9

    The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.amazon buy button
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    Zugzwang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Jan 16 2013

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 8

    Episode Number12

    When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team... moreamazon buy button
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    Hit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    May 16 2012

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 7

    Episode Number23

    When the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C., the... moreamazon buy button
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    Revelations is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Feb 07 2007

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 2

    Episode Number15

    In this conclusion of a special two-part episode, finding the serial killer becomes critical... moreamazon buy button
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    Mosley Lane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Mar 03 2010

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 5

    Episode Number16

    The BAU is called by local authorities in Ashburn, Virginia, to profile a predator who may... moreamazon buy button
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    Penelope is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Nov 21 2007

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 3

    Episode Number9

    As a team member fights for life, the BAU continues the search for an attacker that leads the... moreamazon buy button
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    Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Mayhem

    Sep 24 2008

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 4

    Episode Number1

    When an SUV carrying members of the team explodes, the rest of the team fights to save them... moreamazon buy button
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    Demons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    May 14 2014

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 9

    Episode Number24

    The BAU continues its murder investigation in Texas, and clues uncover a deep web of... moreamazon buy button
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    Amplification is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    May 13 2009

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 4

    Episode Number24

    When a new type of chemical warfare is released into the open air, the BAU must act quickly to... moreamazon buy button
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    Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Oct 24 2007

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 3

    Episode Number5

    The investigation turns to the family as the BAU and local authorities race against time to... moreamazon buy button
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    Profiler, Profiled is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 2

    Episode Number12

    Morgan is arrested as a serial killer after he goes home to Chicago to visit his family.... moreamazon buy button
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    Minimal Loss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Minimal Loss

    Oct 08 2008

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 4

    Episode Number3

    Reid and Prentiss are taken hostage when they go under cover to investigate possible child... moreamazon buy button
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    Riding the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 1

    Episode Number14

    After interviewing a couple on death row for serial murders, Gideon suspects that the woman is... moreamazon buy button
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    Lo-Fi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Lo-Fi

    May 21 2008

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 3

    Episode Number20

    The BAU faces one of its toughest cases when the team is called to New York City to determine... moreamazon buy button
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    Lauren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Mar 16 2011

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 6

    Episode Number18

    As Prentiss faces off against Ian Doyle, JJ receives a call and returns to help them find... moreamazon buy button
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    North Mammon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Nov 01 2006

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 2

    Episode Number7

    After a man kidnaps three teenaged girls and locks them in a cellar, he tells them only two of... moreamazon buy button
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    Omnivore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Omnivore

    Mar 18 2009

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 4

    Episode Number18

    Agent Hotchner revisits the first case he worked at the BAU when details come forth that one... moreamazon buy button
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    Somebody's Watching is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 1

    Episode Number18

    Reid finds himself in danger when he falls for a starlet whose stalker has turned into a... moreamazon buy button
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    The Fisher King, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 1

    Episode Number22

    While on their vacations, each of the team receives a clue from a psychopathic killer... moreamazon buy button
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    L.D.S.K. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    L.D.S.K.

    Nov 02 2005

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 1

    Episode Number6

    The BAU is asked to identify a killer who is shooting at victims in broad daylight, and the... moreamazon buy button
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    Masterpiece is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Nov 19 2008

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 4

    Episode Number8

    When a narcissistic psychopath confesses he has killed seven people and more will die, the... moreamazon buy button
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    No Way Out, Part II: The Evilu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 2

    Episode Number23

    When the prolific serial killer Frank returns and murders Gideon's girlfriend, Gideon takes... moreamazon buy button
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    Damaged is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    Apr 02 2008

    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 3

    Episode Number14

    Rossi travels to Indianapolis to continue his investigation into the two unsolved murders that... moreamazon buy button
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    It Takes a Village is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 7

    Episode Number1

    The BAU team is at a crossroads as they are questioned by a Senate Committee for their... moreamazon buy button
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    To Hell...And Back Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
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    SeasonCriminal Minds - Season 4

    Episode Number26

    The BAU tracks a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the... moreamazon buy button
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